The Kilsyth Lady Cobras have signed former University of San Diego forward Klara Wischer for the 2019 Basketball Victoria Elite League season (official name TBA).
Wischer joins the Lady Cobras following three years with the Hobart Chargers in the SEABL, averaging 12.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest in 62 games with the Chargers. With Hobart making a late season playoff push in 2018, it was Wischer leading the way, as she boosted her scoring to 22.5ppg, including a 37 point explosion in Round 14.
Following a lengthy absence from her hometown Melbourne – she spent four years abroad collegiately and spent two years in Western Australia – Wischer is pleased to return home and join the Lady Cobras for their debut season in the new Elite League.
“I’m really happy to returning home to Melbourne to play in the Elite League and excited to be joining a club as great as Kilsyth,” Wischer said.
“I am really looking forward to playing as a Cobra under Sam (Woosnam) and being a part of the Kilsyth community.”
Lady Cobras head coach Sam Woosnam is thrilled to have Wischer on board for the season ahead, and believes her versatility, toughness and wealth of experience will be a huge plus for Kilsyth in 2019.
“I’m a huge fan of Klara’s game and was extremely excited when I heard she was moving back to Melbourne,” Woosnam said.
“She is so versatile and works hard at both ends of the floor. Klara brings such a different dynamic to our team and is a great teammate, and I look forward to working with her this season.”
Prior to joining the Chargers, Wischer enjoyed a successful collegiate career at Cloud County Community College and the University of San Diego (Toreros), averaging 7.7 points, a team-high 6.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game in her senior season with the Toreros. Her ability to impact both ends of the floor and play a variety of positions earned Wischer a contract with the Perth Lynx in the WNBL in 2015/16, where she helped the Lynx advance to the WNBL Finals. Wischer then spent a season in the Western Australia State Basketball League (SBL), leading the Joondalup Wolves to the championship game while receiving SBL All-Star Five honours in 2017.
Wischer’s winning pedigree and two-way versatility is set to give the Lady Cobras a big boost as they look to establish themselves as championship contenders in their debut Elite League season. And with Wischer joining six-time SEABL champion, Clare Camac, and 2018 SEABL MVP, Lauren Nicholson, the Lady Cobras roster is shaping into a dangerous one for the season ahead.
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